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Shirley Svorny
Professor of Economics

General Information

College of Business and Economics



Bad Math: How Non-Union Employees are Unconstitutionally Compelled to Subsidize Political Speech (with M. Williams), Southern California Interdisciplinary Law Journal, Winter 2016.

If Professions are Just "Cartels by Another Name," What Should We Do About It?, (with D. Hyman), University of Pennsylvania Law Review Online, 163, Article 7, 2014

Perceptions of the Effect of Public Policy on Employment Opportunities for Individuals Who Are Deaf or Hard of Hearing (with K. Houston and H.B. Lammers), Journal of Disability Policy Studies, 21(1): 9-21, June 2010

Gains in Standardized Test Scores: Evidence of Diminishing Returns to Achievement (with D. Driscoll and D. Halcoussis), Economics of Education Review, 27(2):211-220, April 2008

Budget Rules and State Business Cycles, (with R. Krol), Public Finance Review, 35(4):530-544, July 2007

Unions and Employment Growth: Evidence from State Economic Recoveries (with R. Krol), Journal of Labor Research, 28:525-535, Summer 2007

The Effect of Rent Control on Commute Times (with R. Krol), Journal of Urban Economics, 58(3):421-436, November 2005

Rightsizing Los Angeles Government (with R. Oakerson), The Independent Review, 9(4):513-528, Spring 2005

School District Size and Student Performance (with D. Driscoll and D. Halcoussis), Economics of Education Review, 22(2):193-202, April 2003

The Allocation of Federal Funds to Promote Bureaucratic Objectives: An Empirical Test (with L. Marcal), Contemporary Economic Policy, 20(3): 209-220, July 2002

Support for Municipal Detachment: Evidence from a Recent Survey of Los Angeles Voters (with L. Marcal), Urban Affairs Review, September 2000

Entry Barriers and Medical Board Funding Autonomy (with E. Toma), Public Choice, 97:93-106, 1998

Recent Trends in Job Security and Stability (with S.R. Schmidt), Journal of Labor Research, 19(4):647-668, 1998

State Medical Boards: Institutional Structure and Board Policies, Federation Bulletin: Journal of Medical Licensure and Discipline, 84(2):111-119, 1997

The Effect of the Bank Regulatory Environment on State Economic Activity (with R. Krol), Regional Science and Urban Economics, 26:531-541, 1996

Congressional Allocation of Federal Funds: The Job Training Partnership Act of 1982, Public Choice, 87(3-4):229-242, 1996

Regulation and Economic Performance: Lessons from the States, (with R. Krol), Cato Journal, 14(1):55-64, 1994

Advances in Economic Theories of Medical Licensure, Federation Bulletin: The Journal of Medical Licensure and Discipline, 80(1):27-32, 1993

Should We Reconsider Licensing Physicians? Contemporary Policy Issues [now titled Contemporary Economic Policy], 10(1):31-38, 1992

Consumer Gains from Physician Immigration to the U.S.: 1966-1971, Applied Economics, 23(2):331-338, 1991

A Time-Series Analysis of U.S. Petroleum Industry Inventory Behavior (with R. Krol), The Energy Journal, 8(4):65-78, 1987

Physician Licensure: A New Approach to Examining the Role of Professional Interests, Economic Inquiry, 25(3):497-509, 1987


Increasing Access to Health Care (with D. Herrick), Enterprise Programs: Freeing Entrepreneurs to Provide Essential Services for the Poor, ed. by Roger Koppl, National Center for Policy Analysis, pp. 71-88, August 2011

Physicians and Non-Physician Clinicians: Where Does Quality Assurance Come From? in What Can States Do to Reform Healthcare, ed. by John Graham, Pacific Research Institute, pp. 67-82, July 2006

Medical Licensing: Examining the Desirability of Existing Public Policy in the Context of Technological Change, in The Half-Life of Policy Rationales: How New Technology Affects Old Policy Issues, ed. by Fred.E. Foldvary and Daniel B. Klein (New York: New York University Press, 2003; a Cato Institute book)

The Changing Role of Licensure in Promoting Incentives for Quality in Health Care, in American Health Care: Government, Market Processes, and the Public Interest, ed. by Roger D. Feldman, Independent Institute, 2000

Licensing. Market Entry Regulation, Encyclopedia of Law & Economics, Vol. III, The Regulation of Contracts, ed. by Boudewijn Bouckaert and Gerrit De Geest, Cheltenham, UK, Edward Elgar, pp. 296-328, 2000


Getting the Most from the Health Care Workforce: A Proposal for Reform (forthcoming, Cato Policy Analysis)

Liberating Telemedicine: Options to Eliminate the State-Licensing Roadblock, Cato Policy Analysis, 2017

Economic Development in Pima County, Goldwater Institute, April 19, 2017

Beyond Medical Licensure: Is licensing more important for doctors than for interior decorators or hair braiders? Regulation, Spring 2015

Why California Dissolved Its RDAs [Redevelopment Agencies], Regulation, Summer 2014

Could Mandatory Caps on Medical Malpractice Damages Harm Consumers? Cato Policy Analysis no. 685, October 20, 2011

Docs and Doctorates (about the physician supply), National Review, p. 24-28, 2/22/2010

Medical Licensing: An Obstacle to Affordable, Quality Care, Cato Policy Analysis no. 621, September 17, 2008

The Collapse of a Noble Idea (describes the failure of the Los Angeles Community Development Bank) (with R. Krol), Regulation, V27(4):30-33, Winter 2005

Licensing Doctors: Do Economists Agree? Econ Journal Watch, 1(2):279-305, August 2004

2000-2001 Report of Findings on the San Fernando Valley Economy. San Fernando Valley Economic Research Center, College of Business Administration and Economics, California State University, Northridge, 70 pages, November 2000 Part 1 Part 2 Part 3 Part 4 Part 5

1999-2000 Report of Findings on the San Fernando Valley Economy. San Fernando Valley Economic Research Center, College of Business Administration and Economics, California State University, Northridge, 66 pages, November 1999

1998 Report of Findings on the San Fernando Valley Economy. San Fernando Valley Economic Research Center, College of Business Administration and Economics, California State University, Northridge, 63 pages, September 1998

Are Residents Well-Served by Large City Governments? Jobs & Capital, 7(2):34-39, Spring 1998

For Whom the Bell Tolls: Job Security in America (with C. Kaljian), Jobs & Capital (Journal of the Milken Institute for Jobs and Capital Formation), 5:33-37, 1996

Can State Level Deregulation Affect Economic Well-Being? (with R. Krol), Jobs & Capital, 4:32-35, 1995 

Inner Cities and Long-Run Government Policy (with R. Krol), Jobs & Capital, 3:25-28, 1994


The Economics and Politics of City Size, January 2003

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